Thursday, August 27, 2009

6 weeks 2 days old

And I love him more than anything <3

Monday, August 24, 2009

Time flies....

...when you have a newborn!

My goodness. It's almost been two weeks since my last update... which means that Jackson will be six weeks tomorrow. Where does the time go? It's amazing how much bigger Jackson has gotten since we brought him home. He is quickly changing from my beautiful tiny baby boy to my big handsome baby boy. And along with getting bigger, he's getting much heavier as well. And,. on the stinkier side of things, his poops are getting much bigger too, ick!

Since I last updated we were finally able to visit mommom and poppop smith's house (who might be called mommom and poppop birdie, ha ha). And I must say, I just love seeing how much poppop adores Jackson. You know in the beginning that grandmoms will love and adore and spoil their grandkids like crazy, but seeing poppops with their grandbabies... that's the best. I adored my grandfather, and with the fathers Justin and I were blessed with, I know Jackson will too!

In the last two weeks, Jackson also spent some time away from us. Justin had a work trip for a couple of days so one night I decided to join my sister out for a few hours, so grandmom porter got to babysit, which I know she loved. The next night, Justin had planned for us to join some friends and a small get together, so Jackson got to spend a few hours at Auntie Krista and Uncle Matt's house, which definitely made Krista happy. I can already see how much she's going to spoil this kid.

Justin also finally got the chance to spend the evening alone with the baby. I went back to work last wednesday and fortunately for justin, I was able to come home early... BUT I worked yesterday (Sunday) and it was a late night for us and of course a late night for Justin. We're trying to wean Jackson from the breast, and he's not so happy about it so Justin had a hard time getting him to sleep.

That's another new occurrence. I've always been a small eater. Now dont' get me wrong, I can eat ALOT in one sitting, but I don't eat often... in fact once a day is sometimes enough for me. I even had trouble eating a lot while I was pregnant. And now that I was breastfeeding, Jackson was getting all the nutrients, and I was starting to get dizzy and feel sick a lot. So I made the decision to switch him over to formula. It's a really sucky decision to have to make. I love being able to feed him and I know it's best for him. And I know my decision is not the only one, but in fact it's the selfish, easy one. But with going back to work and school and my crappy eating habits, it's the decision I have to make. But it surely kills me every night when all he wants to do is nurse himself to sleep and I can't or else my milk won't dry up. I wish I could be home with him all the time so I could have exclusively breast fed, but unfortunately, in today's world, stay at home mom's are getting fewer and far between.

Anyhow, onto happier things. I mentioned already how big Jackson is getting. But I must also mention (or brag about) how advanced he is as well. Everyone who's seen him has talked about how strong he is and how much he moves and how well he holds his head. Well, I decided to put that to the test one night so I put him on his belly for tummy play time. And sure enough, he ROLLED OVER!!!!! He rolled from his belly to almost flat on his back. I yelled for Justin to grab the video camera but I think one roll tired the poor baby out and he wouldn't do it again. (By the way, he was 5 weeks and 1 day when he did this). BUT, the next night, he did it again. It's amazing how fast our baby is progressing. Soon enough he'll be crawling and walking.. and then of course I'll be blogging a lot less than I already do because I'll be exhausted from trying to keep up with him.

Well, right now Jackson is asleep in his swing, which he has a new found love for, so while I have the chance I'm going to shower and then it's off to Towson to get books for school which starts one week from today.. BOOOOOO!

Oh... BUT.. before I do, be sure to visit this website to see the rest of Jackson's pictures. Enjoy (and thank you soooo much Mandy!!!!).

Jackson trying to stand like a big boy

Tummy time on our play mat

One month old, asleep in the bouncy chair

Standing again!

Giving momma kisses :)

And don't be fooled by the cute picture. This kid DOES have some lungs!

The big boy in his new purple boppy chair! This is his Ravens chair for the football games. GO RAVENS!!!

And my little angel, asleep in his swing.

Friday, August 14, 2009

One Month Old

Today Jackson is officially one month old. He was unofficially one month old on Tuesday seeing as he was four weeks old that day. But today is the 14th and just one month ago my baby boy came into this world. I can't believe it's been a month already and at the same time I can't believe it's only been a month.

In one month we've seen our baby boy grow so much. He is much much bigger than the day we brought him home.... he even has little chubby cheeks and fat rolls on his legs. BUT, he's still wearing newborn clothes. He just won't give them up. Which shocks me because he eats soooo much. He can easily eat 4 ounces every 3 hours and still be a little hungry in between feedings. In fact, I've just started giving him five ounces in his last bottle to hold him through the night. And it definitely works. He will now sleep a five hour stretch and then after his 5am meal he'll sleep until 8 or so. The only downside to that is he really doesn't sleep much during the day. He'll sleep in half hour increments every couple of hours and then he'll take one long nap later in the day for maybe an hour or two. With his eating and sleeping in such a whirlwind, I have NO idea how to start a schedule with this kid. Another new thing is that he won't just fall asleep on his own. No. There is no putting this baby down drowsy. If you want him to even think about sleeping on his own in his cradle or crib, he HAS to nurse himself to sleep. Hopefully that breaks soon or Justin will have a heck of a time getting him to sleep on nights that I have to work.

Besides the stuff that leaves us in questions, there's been some good stuff too. He LOVES bathtime for one, which makes mommy and daddy love bathtime too. He also has started to smile a little. Not really big noticeable smiles, but just enough to get us excited. He also likes to stand when you're holding him. That's an almost immediate cry stopper, along with sitting him up and letting him look around. He's such an observant baby and so wide-eyed. And, he's still so strong and such a wiggle-worm. Yesterday at my dad's, I laid him on a mat on the table and he was kicking away and moving his head to look around. And he seemed so close from rolling from his stomach to his back. It's amazing how strong he has. A little more tummy time and he'll be rolling and moving away. The other new thing that is possibly my favorite are his sounds. His little coo's and ah's are wonderful. I'll give him a kiss and say "ahhhh" and he'll open his mouth real wide and give a little smile. I'll tell you, the good and the cute and the heart warming definitely out-weighs the bad and the crying.

As far as pictures, I haven't uploaded any new one's yet, BUT we did have his pictures taken professionally. Mandy from MandySrokaPhotography, who did our first set of pregnancy pictures offered to take Jackson's newborn pictures as a shower/baby gift to us, and of course we agreed. She came to our house last Saturday and Jackson was wide awake for almost the whole session. I wasn't sure how cooperative he would be but he did soooo well (despite a little bit of crying and fussiness and a lot of eating) and Mandy got some great shots. She is so extremely talented and we are so thankful for her gift. So, with that, here are some of the pictures she took for us. Enjoy!!!